HU tennis opens spring season at Alma

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2013-03-09
ALMA, Mich. - The Forester men’s tennis team opened the spring portion of their schedule by going 2-1 over the weekend at a four-team round robin hosted by Alma College.

HU didn’t seem to have much rust to shake off as they opened up play with a 7-2 win over the host Scots on Friday night at the Superior Street Tennis Complex. The Foresters collected wins at #1 and #2 doubles before claiming five more in singles action to run away with their first match.

Singles
#1 Vlad Khudziy (HU) def. Joshua Gove (AC) 6-3, 6-1
#2 Jose Hungria (HU) def. Logan Beard (AC) 6-3, 6-4
#3 Joseph Straznicky (HU) def. Trent Pontious (AC) 6-0, 6-0
#4 Diego Inurritegui (HU) def. Jared Guy (AC) 6-3, 6-1
#5 Gordon Rumschlag (AC) def. Zakk Sparks (HU) 3-6, 6-2, 10-7
#6 Arjun Bhalla (HU) def. Philip Ryskamp (AC) 3-6, 6-4, 13-11

Doubles
#1 Khudziy/Hungria (HU) def. Beard/Pontious (AC) 8-3
#2 Straznicky/Inurritegui (HU) def. Rumschlag/Guy (AC) 8-4
#3 Sam Reedy/Chad Banhart (AC) def. Sparks/Bhalla (HU) 8-6

Against Manchester University on Saturday, Huntington wasted no time disposing of the Spartans 8-1. Coach Eckert’s squad swept doubles and then added five more wins in straight sets to cruise to their second victory of the weekend.

Singles
#1 Joseph Straznicky (HU) def. Kyle Lahman (MU) 6-2, 6-2
#2 Diego Inurritegui (HU) def. Phil Truitt (MU) 6-0, 6-0
#3 Jose Hungria (HU) def. Bobby Swaby (MU) 6-3, 6-3
#4 Joe Brenneman (HU) def. Alex Winger (MU) 6-1, 6-0
#5 Matt Buncich (MU) def. Matt Wilcox (HU) 3-6, 7-5, 10-7
#6 Jacob Cross (HU) def. Ryan Hawkins (MU) 7-5, 6-2

Doubles
#1 Stranznicky/Inurritegui (HU) def. Lahman/Swaby (MU) 8-3
#2 Hungria/Zakk Sparks (HU) def. Truitt/Winger (MU) 8-3
#3 Cross/Brenneman (HU) def. Buncich/Hawkins (HU) 8-4

Later that afternoon the Foresters met their match when they went head-to-head with Lake Superior State University. The Lakers, who already had ten matches under their belt this spring, edged past HU 5-4.

Despite having to shuffle their singles’ line-up due to injury, the Foresters still managed to snag half the wins in individual play but it wouldn’t be enough as the Lakers held a 2-1 advantage earlier in doubles action to hang on for the win.

Singles
#1 Vlad Khduziy (HU) def. Pedro Nunes (LSSU) 7-6, 6-4
#2 Grant Link (LSSU) def. Jose Hungria (HU) 6-2, 6-3
#3 Diego Inurritegui (HU) def. Kyle Koster (LSSU) 6-4, 6-0
#4 Joe Brenneman (HU) def. TJ Myers (LSSU) 7-6, 4-6 (10-4)
#5 Dane Fosgard (LSSU) def. Arjun Bhalla (HU) 6-0, 6-2
#6 Ryne DuShane (LSSU) def. Zakk Sparks (HU) 6-4, 5-7 (10-7)

Doubles
#1 Link/Nunes (LSSU) def. Khudziy/Hungria (HU) 8-3
#2 Straznicky/Inurritegui (HU) def. Koster/Myers (LSSU) 8-4
#3 Fosgard/DuShane (LSSU) def. Brenneman/Sparks (HU) 8-2

Huntington (7-9) is back in action on March 20 when they host Indiana Tech at 4:00 p.m. 
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 46 NAIA All-America honors and 202 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. 
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